For Dan DeLozier

Dan DeLozier is the clear choice for commissioner in Rogers County District 1.

DeLozier will bring experience, energy, and good common sense to the board of commissioners, and he will represent all of the people in the county as well as being a hard-working professional for District 1.

DeLozier faces the son of retiring Commissioner Gerry Payne, Shawn, in the Democratic runoff August 22. While the elder Payne has contributed greatly to his district and the county over past years, that is no indication of the kind of job his heir would be able to do.

DeLozier represents something new for a first-time candidate for county commissioner. He is a candidate who has been on the job for more than 20 years, and has worked in all aspects of heavy construction from waste water disposal to building subdivision roads and bridges.

DeLozier has the experience and expertise to work with other governmental agencies, civil engineers, architects, remediation specialists, health and safety officials, and others involved in just about every construction project.

While road construction is an important part of the commissioners’ duties, the most important aspect of the position is the careful and frugal management of a $14 million budget.

His opponent is a personable, likable young man, but his experience has been limited to selling mobile homes and dealing blackjack at the Cherokee Casino.

DeLozier will be a dedicated commissioner who will work hard and serve the people of Rogers county with determination, honesty and integrity. He is a native of District 1, raised a family in the district, and is a third generation graduate of Chelsea High School

If thinking people of District 1 want to do something to stop the gradual take-over of county government by Owasso area influence, they will flood the polls on August 22 and nominate Dan DeLozier for Rogers County Commissioner in District 1.

Still ‘no man’s land’?

“No Man’s Land. That’s what Oklahoma’s far western counties were called before statehood. A century later, the region is largely empty and getting emptier.

“The northwest corridor of Oklahoma is home to six counties — Cimarron, Roger Mills, Beaver, Harper, Ellis and Dewey — with such small population densities that the U.S. Census Bureau classifies them in its most remote category: Frontier status.“

That was the beginning two paragraphs of front page feature story about northwestern Oklahoma appearing in the Tulsa World on Sunday.

The feature, which started on page one and jumped to a full page inside the front news section, was accompanied by a collection of color photographs depicting the wide open spaces, dwindling population, and beer drinking cowboys.

It was fairly interesting reading except that the writer evidently never left her desk at the Tulsa World.

“The northwest corridor of Oklahoma is home to six counties — Cimarron, Roger Mills, Beaver, Harper, Ellis and Dewey ...” the reporter wrote and the editors overlooked.

Someone needs to give the Tulsa World a map of Oklahoma.

First of all, the northwest corridor was dedicated “Northwest Passage” by Gov. George Nigh almost a quarter century ago. It follows along the route of SH 3 from Northwest Highway out of Oklahoma City to Boise City, seat of Cimarron county some 326 miles to the northwest.

Secondly, of today’s 77 Oklahoma counties only three are in what was originally known as “No Man’s Land.” They are Beaver, Texas and Cimarron, only two of which made the writer’s list of six.

Texas county, the Panhandle’s largest in area and population was mentioned no where in the story, and neither was Guymon, the Panhandle’s largest town. But Roger Mills County, which is made up mostly by the Black Kettle National Grasslands just north of Elk City, was. As were Ellis, Dewey and Harper counties. None of the four were ever a part of “No Man’s Land.”

What we know today as the Oklahoma’s Panhandle was unclaimed by any state or territory from 1850, when ceded from Texas, until 1890, when it was assigned to Oklahoma Territory. Not being a part of any state or territory, it became a refuge for outlaws and was commonly referred to as “No Man’s Land.”

Prior to statehood the entire 5,690 square-mile area was just one county, with a county seat at Beaver City. When Oklahoma was admitted to the union in 1907, Beaver County — as it was known back then — was divided into the present three counties. Today they make up nearly 10 percent of Oklahoma’s land mass, and lined up end to end form a 176-mile long strip separating Texas from Kansas by 35 miles.

The World’s writer lamented that the western counties with a population density of about 6 people per square mile are “drying up like a dusty stream bed in the Oklahoma summer.”

Perhaps the writer shouldn’t be overly-concerned about the dwindling population out in the Panhandle. With more than 3 million acres tied up in farms and ranches in the three counties, there’s not a lot of room left for two-legged critters.

The old curmudgeon

During the Connecticut Democrat campaign for the U. S. Senate, winner Ned Lamont charged that incumbent Senator Joe Lieberman sounded just like Dick Cheney.

Hey. Now that’s taking mud-slinging to the extreme.

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